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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 375m bottle picked up locally fairly recently. poured from a basket into a boon wine glass.

a - crisp golden yellow orange w lively carb and a foamy fizzy head that hung for days.

s - nose is a nice grassy funk, little mineral but generally nice geueze nose.

t/m/o - very fizzy feel and the mineral that was subtle in the nose seems to take center stage. fairly sweet and nice grassiness. good geueze, not great. very dry finish.

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Photo of douglaslreed
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Based on old tasting notes:

Was recommended by a friend, and was the first of the style to try. Because of unruly Texas laws, many small Belgian breweries that make this style are not readily available for purchase in the state, but I was told that this was one of the best that I could find here.

Appearance: Bubbly, effervescent similar to a champagne, with the white head mellowing out shortly after pouring. Lots of bubbles with a straw colored appearance.

Smell: Belgian yeast, very very funky, like mildew or horse blanket. Some citrus in the nose as well. This smells like fair grounds mixed with green apple and citrus peel. This smells so strange, but I just want to go in for whiff after whiff.

Taste: Tart, pungent, sour and super funky. Has sort of a blue cheese or lamb-type pungent-ness. My first thought is, 'Wait, this is beer?' but I can't help myself from wanting another sip. As it warms, the citrus fades and the rank funkiness really shines, as does the apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, medium body, and coats the mouth nicely.

Overall: This is an absolutely delicious beer, and I'm excited to try as many in this style as I can.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange amber body with very few bubbles making their way up to the barely there head. Smells of lemon, stomach acid, hay, and musty old houses. Tastes fairly malty up front with lots of wheat. Overall fairly mellow, but still with an acidic and dry edge. Big lemon, some brett. Soft and mellow acid on the tongue. Light carbonation and medium body. Really tasty geuze. You really don't pick up on the big ABV.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2010 vintage, poured into a Teku glass)

L: densely hazy, short of cloudy... pale honey-amber liquid... no head, yet a collar of loose foam clings

S: soft, lactic, yogurty goodness... touch of musty burlap... bit of ripe inner banana skin?... hint of grainy sweetness poking through... overall, brightens the senses and gives another sense of being in a wood shed in a damp environment

T: immediate tart nip, followed quicker by a bright, (yellow grapefruit?) citrus-oily funk - kind of like sweaty, delicately dirty skin... mildly nutty grain in the aftertaste... overall, mellow acidity, balanced by must and malt... whisper of vinegar in the final sips

F: marble-like texture in its nearly bone-dry finish... touch of sticky residual film clings behind on front of palate... initial small swell of medium body fanned out through the finish upon soft suds

O: the earthy-heavy flavor profile on this continues to be unique among the many gueuzes I've tried... that said, I feel like I've only tried relatively recent bottlings of this (though, this one was bottled in 2013)... still one of my favorites, if not the favorite

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Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Berries, funky washed rind cheese, goldenrod, and wet horseblanket on the nose. Pours gold with a slight haze under 1”, whispy white foam cap that fairly rapidly dissipates but leave thin lace. A marvelously fine carbonation supports dry, crisp lemony, citrusy tart flavors with a slight bitterness on the end. Incredible creamy texture, light body. A super refreshing beer.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leathery, musty funk with a hint of cheese. Apple, hay, apricot, strawberry, white pepper, Muscat grapes. Plenty of vanilla oak to balance out tartness, not as citric and sharp as a Cantillon but plenty of complexity. Long semi-dry finish and enough abv to warm up after a bit. Nice and different, I need to lay one down for at least a few years

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Photo of jancona
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a gueze with some funkiness. 2010 bottle (375ml - bottle-conditioned). Poured into flute - hazy, golden color with fine carbonation. Smells of classic gueze funk with apple/pear. Funky taste is like an aged cheese with black peppercorn, with a crisp, dry, bitter finish. Wonderful champagne-like feel. This one is a winner!

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Photo of Eman17
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage:

A: Orange in color with a white, two finger head that dissipated very quickly. Also, quite fizzy.

S: Very musty, vinegar notes, lemony, acidic, very tart.

T: Quite tart but not as tart as I thought it would be. Overall, very smooth for what it is. A slight bitter finish but overall great.

M: Pretty average in body, highly carbonated with some bitterness at the end.

O: A pretty tame gueuze which I find great. Not too tart or bitter. Altogether very nice.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage
look: hazy luscious gold with a light white head.
smell: tart, lemony, funky goodness.
taste: much like the nose with a blooming citrus finish.
overall: delicious, a work of art.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden and bubbly. Smell is fantastic, some pear, white wine, and awesome funk. Taste follows the smell I get a nice earthy funk and very light funky cheese type flavor in the back keeping things interesting. This is a great beer

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great "shelf gueuze." A bit sweeter and dryer than I prefer and the higher ABV provides a little heat on the aftertaste. However, great balance of lemon, funk, slight vinegar, earth, apple, pear, and white wine. Will be buying this again.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours hazy yellow orange with a bit of fizzy head. Smells pretty musty and cheesy, lots of acid underneath, lemon pulp and white wine. Taste is similar, cheese and must that turns into bright lemon and white wine flavors, a bit more on the mineral end. A little bit of citrus sweetness to balance things. Not very effervescent, but smooth and very enjoyable. Nice and warming due to high abv, which I'm enjoying much more than I thought I would. I'm gonna go out and get the kriek mariage parfait tomorrow; I'm pretty much sold on boon. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fizzy, flat white head atop a golden, orange brew. Extremely bubbly, giving an otherwise fairly clear appearance a bit of haziness. Good retention.

Sharp, tart, musty aroma; dusty, with a hint of cheese; dry wheat crackers; hay; sharp in a non-citrus way; bit of pepper.

Soft, light, tart, funky, musty; the funk flavors (cheese, black pepper, hay, dust) hit right up front, but then quickly and effortlessly meld into the slightly sweet, slightly acidic and tart malt body.

Absolutely no hint of alcohol, which is remarkable for an 8% gueuze. Perhaps a slight warming in the chest. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and creamy, with slight foaming and sting up front. Very lively.

This is an excellent gueuze, and far superior to Boon's other offerings, in my limited experience. The Mariage Parfait series has not yet disappointed me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle poured into Chimay chalice 2010 vintage

A: dark straw colored good clarity lively carbonation

S: lots of wood barrel and vinegar maybe a little hay

T: bursts onto your tongue with a lot of oak and vinegar with a little underlying sweetness that is there then gone and a nice sour finish

M: Bubbly light body does not linger much on the tongue pretty clean finish

O: I'm not a wine drinker so maybe I can't appreciate this style it's just over carbonated vinegary sourness. it is refreshing but I do not look for these.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Pours cloudy burnt orange with big fizzy white head that seems unstable but does take a bit to recede.

Wet hay, tart lemons, mushrooms, and oak. Grassy and perhaps a bit of oxidation. Lots of barnyard. Seems funkier than other Boon products I've had, including other Mariage Parfaits. A hint of sweetness. Some pineapple notes as well.

Tart upfront giving way to oak and funk. Doesn't seem as complex as the nose. Very nice and fruity though. Definite evidence of the higher gravity. Tropical fruit along with lemons and lactic acid. A hint of acetic, but within reason. Oak character is present, but not particularly tannic.

Highly carbonated, but with a good amount of body for a gueuze. Heavier on the palate with the higher gravity. Quite dry but there's an impression of sweetness from fruity esters.

Drinkable and complex, but the higher gravity makes it a little less quaffable. Not my go-to lambic producer, but still very nice.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, easy to find, fairly priced. Drinking a 2010 in a teku.

L- Nice light orange gold with an airy but full white head. Looks great in a teku, adds some extra depth to the color because its so wide.

A- Horse blanket, must, rotted wood, acidity, notes of sweet over-ripe berries and light lemon zest. Great aroma, the brett definitely comes through more with age, some of the newer bottles I've had are more fresh and fruity.

T- Starts slightly sweet, with notes of stone fruit, but the acidity comes through nicely in the middle. Oaky and slightly tannic at the end. Nice sweet and sour aftertaste.

M- Nicely balanced mouthfeel, not too dry but definitely not sweet. Fizzy geuze carbonation, but not soda-like.

O- You can see why they call it mariage parfait. This beer is an amazingly balanced geuze. Very approachable because of how nicely balanced it is but also still amazing and delicious for people who love sour bombs or are more experienced with geuzes.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 dated bottle: Wow. Perfect champagne carbonation, perfect amount of funky tartness balanced by a little lemon zest, alcohol is totally masked. I want to serve this at my wedding, and of course the name is totally appropriate. At 8%, I'll probably have to provide a place to sleep, but that's fine by me.

I'd already given this beer a glowing review, but after trying several other gueuzes (including Tilquin, Cuvee Renee, and Oude Beersel), this one stands out as the best to me. I'd imagine its age has something to do with it, but still. Wow. I'm definitely going back to the store and buying them out of 375s and 750s in preparation of my "perfect marriage." :)

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Nice, cloudy bronze orange with thin foamy head

S: Sour, yogurt smell. Apples and citrus. Sweet tart and sour cherry. A hint of pineapple and hay. Musty grapes.

T: Very nice and smooth taste. Finishes like a medium bodies white wine. Tastes a little like cider.

M: Slight effervescence. Nice clean mouthfeel with minimum aftertaste. Refreshing.

O: As I'm learning more about sours, I'm really starting to enjoy them. This is an exceptional beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of Rickus
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2011 / L: Clear. Medium carbonation with minuscule bubbles. Delicate foam, like a good champagne, beautiful lacing. S: Sour and grapefruit peel, a hint of yeast and young wood. T: Grapefruit, a lemony aftertaste, a slight sweet note, gin tonic. This is a perfectly balanced geuze. F: Fresh and bubbly. Like a good champagne, but a puckery aftertaste. O: A perfect geuze and one of the best beers I've ever drunk.

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Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 375mL to a snifter. Cork says batch 2551 from 2010.

A: A very cloudy copper orange with a thin white head that lasts for days

S: Sweet fresh green apples, some funk, and a latent peach aroma

T: A whole lot going on here. This is actually a little less dry than I'd like in a gueuze, but the flavors play well together. Initially, you get a rather sweet gueuze with a sour bite. After, some funk and some tropical fruits take over; think papaya and the bitter finish that mango sometimes has. The funk dances in between the fruit flavors and is very nearly the only thing keeping this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet.

M: Not quite syrupy, but rather thick for a gueuze. Very good carbonation and leaves your mouth wanting for more.

O: A very good gueuze, especially for the price (~$8-9/375mL here) and availability. I'm curious to see how this one ages and I expect it to do very well. It's considerably better and more complex than the normal gueuze, but I'm not sure that's it's almost twice as good.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cloudy orange gold pour with a one-finger white head. Big sour fruit aroma. Delicious mild sour lemon taste upfront backed with a slight fruity sweetness. Also has a very nice oak character and light spice flavor in the medium body. Really well done beer that isn’t overly sour or tart and drinks very easy for the body and slightly high ABV.

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Photo of guityler83
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

2007 on the neck

A: After popping the cork with a loud pop, the beer poured into a teku glass with 3 fingers of loud fizzy head; pale white in color, it fizzed out fairly quickly leaving no trace of lacing on the glass. The beer has a murky appearance, copper to dark orange.

S: Bright lemon character that melds into a tart sweetness. Mild amounts of funky brett character in the nose with a slight bready note in the end.

T: A bright sharp sourness from, three more sips and the pallet adjusts bringing out lemon zest, rustic funk and a refreshing bready undertone. As the beer warms the brett character becomes more apparent and brings out the woody oak flavor. The tart sourness stays bright throughout but it seems to become more refined as it warms. Sweetness is low and a nice compliment to the overall flavor.

M: The high carbonation gets very sharp on the tongue as you chew on the beer. Very dry but the oak gives it the sense of body. Tingling from the sourness starts to numb the tongue after awhile.

O: Complex, tart and a nice funky and oak undertone. At a reasonable price this was a nice geuze. I'd pick this up again if I see it.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours the color of a ripe apricot with the blush on it. Hazy and almost opaque except for it does let enough light in for you to observe it’s lovely color and the bubbles that are starting their way up from the bottom. 2 fingers of white foam top the beer and last until they become a light layer of film on top. Nose is funky with barnyard and earth. Wet damp earth. Some fruit tartness and a sour you can smell. A drop of vinegar and some overall lemon fruitiness. There is some vanilla on the nose that is like a fragrant flower that has grown in this earth and is sweetly in bloom. . Taste is outstanding. Funky, sour, citric, the embodiment of the lemon. The essence of the icy bright peel. The vinegar is not too strong. The earth and the wood come together as like is to like. The headiness of the fruit sweetness meets the light sweetness of the crisp wheat and lay a soft foundation for this dynamic beer. Sour, acidic, earthy, and with a touch of some kind of green but woody herb to round out the flavor. Dry crisp and bubbly mouthfeel.

This beer is intense. The coming together of powerful earth and a bright bit of uplifted sweetness. The shyness of the musty earth after it rains and the greeness that lies in wait for when the sun comes to shine again. The fruit is the culmination of this beer and is taken whole in it’s every aspect from sweet peel to the tartness of it’s flesh , right through to it’s final incarnation - sour and like vinegar in decay. This beer is truly a perfect wedding of elements.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

This one has been on my list for some time. So why not "tick" it if you have it? Ok, reviewing this because it's Wednesday and I have nothing better else to do. Keeping it real and to the point. This beer pours brilliant! Nice pale gold with a soft pillowy white head. Very nice! Well the old sniffer is getting abused tonight I tell you! This smells like lemon pepper, faint cheese funk, with almost an autumn dead leaf and vanilla spice fragrance. Very intriguing! The taste! First hits with that lemon citric acid/sourness. With some spiciness and more of that dead leave autumn-ness. Not a whole lot of cheese funk. Finishes very sweet with vanilla hanging around and dry. Lingering wet dog hair funk in the aftertaste. I groom my own dog so trust me, it's there! The feel of the brew is Medium-light and par carbonation.

Overall: This beer is my new found favorite. I'm going to buy every single bottle. I like my sours to finish very sweet and this one excels in that department. The 8% ABV is where? That's right, the beer hides that ABV very nicely. The wet dog hair in the aftertaste is actually enjoyable. Not offensive in any fashion and mingles with the vanilla notes. So it's like a fragranced wet dog hair. Anywho, I'm babbling back to basics, this brew is recommended!

Edit:2010 date.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

2009 sticker; 2012 bottling. 375ml bottle.

Hazy golden appearance with thick white head

Ah, smells like geuze. Lemon, hay, sour funk and cheese.

Taste is bright lemon apple and grape with a mineral, almost salty quality. Pungent cheesy funkiness. Quite sour. There is some sweetness that dries out into oak tannins with some astringency. Some booze is apparent as well-at 8% it's pretty hefty for a geuze.

The mouthfeel is a little less refined than the competition as I think the carbonation is a bit too lively even if it goes well with this sour, funky geuze.

Overall this a delicious and well made geuze. While it's not as refined as the best in class it's interesting, fairly well balanced and very drinkable. It's not for the faint of heart or those opposed to the funk. Its also available on the shelf once in a while which is a big plus.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.